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Details on the next restaurant from chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara – the team behind renowned New York restaurants Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad – have been scarce since the initial plans were first announced back in June, but The Daily Meal can report some new developments, courtesy of Humm himself.
We had the opportunity to speak with Humm in the Eleven Madison Park kitchen during a recent dinner held at the restaurant as a part of Starwood Preferred Guests’ SPG Moments series. When asked if there have been any developments on the 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which will be located in the under-construction 425 Park Avenue, he told us that he’s “excited to have the opportunity to create a real New York restaurant that will be there for many, many years,” and that it will be “fine dining at the highest level.” He also told us that unlike Eleven Madison Park, this restaurant will offer an à la carte menu, but when asked if this means that no tasting menu would be available, he said that he’s not sure yet.
Humm added that this restaurant would “tell a different story” than EMP and The NoMad, and would offer “a different style of eating” from what we’re used to.
“Traditionally, ‘farm-to-table’ has meant ‘rustic,’ but with this restaurant, we want to show that farm-to-table can be a true white tablecloth experience,” he said. “The focus here will be on vegetables.”
A representative of building owner L&L Holding Company previously told the New York Post that the restaurant, which will be designed by renowned architect Norman Foster, will be the “Four Seasons on steroids for the twenty-first century,” and that the team is “going for No. 1 in the world,” but no specific details had been revealed by Humm or Guidara until now. As with any restaurant that’s still years away from opening, however, the details are subject to change.
The restaurant is expected to open, along with the building, in 2018.